Marshall Tolley

Regional Senior Learner of the Year
East of England

Marshall lost his job in his late 50s and, having had numerous job applications rejected, he felt demoralised and unsure about his future.

Marshall consulted the ‘50 Not Out’ project at Adult Community Learning, Essex, where a nextstep adviser suggested he took up learning. “The learning has boosted my confidence tremendously and has given me qualifications, something I have never had before. I have studied English, Maths and IT, and achieved Level 2 qualifications in all of these,” said Marshall. Wanting to give something back to education, Marshall became a classroom volunteer and, just over a year later, became employed as a paid learning support assistant. Marshall said, “It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to think that through my learning I can help others, and be working again at 59.”

He is continuing his learning too – including a Teaching Numeracy course – so he can progress his skills to support learners, with the aim to become a numeracy tutor. “He is a marvellous ambassador for learning, [and proves] that it is never too late to learn new skills and rejoin the workforce,” ended nominator Rosemary.

Award Winner - Marshall Tolley
“It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to think that through my learning I can help others, and be working again at 59.”
Marshall Tolley, 2010 Award Winner